The Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) has notified the US Congress of
three possible foreign military sales (FMS) to Pakistan comprising P-3C
aircraft, TOW anti-tank missiles and Phalanx Close-In Weapons Systems (CIWSs).
The estimated total value could be as high as $1.2 billion if all options are
The government of Pakistan has requested the sale of eight P-3C Orion aircraft
with T56 engines as well as associated equipment and services. The current
proposal includes communications equipment, training devices, medical services,
support and test equipment, engineering, technical services, supply support,
operation and maintenance training, documentation, spare and repair parts, etc.
If all options are exercised the P-3C and related items purchase could be valued
at $970 million.
Pakistan will use the P-3C aircraft to gain the capability to restrict the
littoral movement of terrorists and drug smugglers along Pakistan's southern
border, while ensuring Pakistan's border integrity. In addition to border
surveillance, these P-3C aircraft will act as a maritime patrol asset forming
the basis of an airborne maritime anti-ship and anti-submarine capability.
The government of Pakistan also requested a possible foreign military sale of
six Phalanx close-in weapon systems, upgrade of six Phalanx Block 0 to Block 1B,
spare and repair parts, modification kits, supply and support equipment,
personnel training and training equipment, publications, and technical data.
Pakistan will use the Phalanx weapon systems to protect its Navy's ships against
inbound aircraft, missiles and surface craft. Moreover, Block 1B is requested
because Block 0 configuration is no longer supportable by the US Navy logistics
system. The total cost of this sale, including options, is $155 million.
Finally, the government of Pakistan requested a sale of 2,000 TOW 2A missiles,
14 TOW 2A fly-to-buy missiles, spare and repair parts, technical support,
support equipment, personnel training, technical data and publications. The
estimated cost is $82 million with options.
Raytheon will be the prime contractor for TOW 2A and Phalanx close-in weapon
systems. Lockheed-Martin will be the primer contractor for the P-3C aircraft
potential FMS. There are no known offset agreements associated to these three
Foreign Military Sales.
This announcement doesn't mean the sales have been concluded, it is required by
law. The US Congress must give green light in order to complete the FMS
agreement between contractors and governments representatives.
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